Sorry if this seems like a dumb question, or the fact that I'm a terrible reader... but on the SynRomFrozen... I got it on the phone, but is there a howto for the addons part? Or is it the same way? I'm still learning all this :(
Edit: I figured it out... it was the same way. Stupid me! :D You can delete this unneeded post.
So I'm tryimg to root the epic just for the apps(setcpu, wifi tether....) and noticed the gingerbreak method that doesn't require a computer but saw some coments on youtube about it not working on some phones.. I want to give it a try but was wondering if it has ben working on completely stock 2.2.1 epic? I'm not very familiar with the Odin and hopes this will work without it since my computer is POS. if anyone can give me some adviceon wether I should just try it or not.. or if this has been answered somewhere else please give a link....
Not sure what the issue is but I finally decided to give qbking77's method of rooting my Epic 4G without a computer since it looked like the easiest and most straightforward way to go especially since I run only Mac's and there seems to be issue's trying to root on OS X 10.4.
I watched your video a few times and set mine up exactly like you did on your phone so I could follow you better while trying to root the phone. I first ran the Gingerbreak apk and within a minute I could feel it giving off a few vibrations almost like it wants to force close but it doesn't. Within the next 2 minutes I would get about 3 vibrations in a row and one more time. Then I would get a message after no more than 4 minutes say something like "I'm not sure what happened..... reboot phone manually and see if you have Superuser installed". I did that and no Superuser installed so I tried it again and the same thing happens.
I am running a stock Epic 4G on Froyo. I am mirroring you on your video. Is there something I'm missing? I don't know if it would be best to hear from someone first or just keep trying it a few more times and see what happens. I really have been wanting to root and now I get the silver nuggets I'm not able to pass step one for some reason. Maybe I'll try downloading the Gingerbreak apk again and see if that helps. I'm really anxious to get this thing rooted since it doesn't look like we'll be getting Gingerbread soon and highly doubt we'll be getting ICS since even the Galaxy SII may not see it for a very long time.
Also, If I do get it running. Suggestions on what route I should go. I'm looking for the most stable, be it Froyo or Gingerbread, speed and reliability. Better batter life wouldn't hurt either. Sorry, I'm really new to all of this so I don't want to pull a noobie and end up bricking my phone by accident. Thanks in advance.
** I've tried it a couple more times and it does exactly the same thing with the vibrations and the message saying something didn't work and to reboot and see if I have Superuser installed. Still no Superuser so I'm not sure what's going on. I thought maybe it could have been because I had Lookout and another Virus program so I uninstalled them but still no change. I don't recall seeing your phone going through the "Media Scanning" process. Is that something you can shut off or could it be a problem? It only runs on startup.
Here's the actual message I get after about 4 minutes; "Not sure what happened here. Either the exploit failed or the reboot failed. Please reboot manually and see if you have SuperUser?"
My how to videos:
Thanks for the reply qbking77. I'm not sure what you mean by select phones. Weren't you doing that root method on a Samsung Epic 4G? Or do you mean its a crap shoot on whether or not it will work on any particular Epic 4G? I just got more confused. So my phone is the Epic 4G running stock Build Froyo.EC05, Firmware 2.2.1, Kernel 184.108.40.206 and Hardware version D700.0.5. Would any of that make a difference? I purchased this phone on Aug 12, 2011 and it came pre-installed with Froyo already on it.
Yeah, there doesn't seem to be much support for Mac users, especially if you aren't on OS X 10.5 or higher. If you're on an Intel based Mac then at least you can use the PC side of the Mac to play around with rooting. Regardless, I still think its great that you take so much of your time to creating all the videos you have done to help people out. Its always easier to actually watch someone especially when it comes to something like "one mistake and you can brick your phone".
Is it just me or did adding all the videos to this thread really slow things down. I have a pretty fast connection but it takes forever to load this thread. Any feedback just so I know its not only on my end would be appreciated. Thanks in advance.
ALOT of info on here about how to do the flashes, Id like to know is my phone is rooted and im on Froyo dk28 2.2.1
where do I go from here. Which one do i flash?
How did you get to DK28 in the first place? Once we know that we can best help figure that out. If you used an update.zip, then you probably are not rooted but kind of stuck. If you have a pc, you should still be able to root using the one-click method. It can be risky, though. Loading a recovery through Odin and flashing the su.zip file is probably the cleanest and safest method. Then you can flash most anything from there. Let us know what you wan to try and we'll make it as easy as possible.
Sorry i forgot some info. I rooted my phone a while ago to clockwork 220.127.116.11 and have Froyo dk28 as soon as that came out.
Im just wondering what I need to do now to get my clockwork updated, and the newest version of android on my phone.
As ive been reading I think i need to go back to stock and start over, is that correct?